A few months ago, I ran into a neighbor from my old neighborhood in Pittsburgh, East Liberty, a largely black, low-income neighborhood. She was telling me about taking out a payday loan to help cover some of her bills.
According to a new report from the Pew Center on the States, many of the people who turn to payday loans are a lot like my neighbor — just trying to make rent, buy food or keep the lights on.
Viviette Applewhite marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. She's 93 years old, requires use of a wheelchair, and she's still fighting for civil rights. She's our lead plaintiff in the Voter ID challenge.We're all a little bit in awe.
The idea of expansionary austerity is that in the midst of high unemployment, the public sector can reduce spending and unleash an explosion of economic growth that leads more quickly to recovery (Dean Baker explains here).
You hear us say it a lot. The number one problem in the economy is a lack of job openings, not a mismatch between the skills workers have and the skills employers need. For sure, there is always some skill mismatch in the economy, but there is no evidence that the mismatch today is greater than in the past. There is, however, lots of evidence that there are not enough job openings.
In case you missed it, Patriot-News columnist Donald Gilliland eviscerates the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for using suspect job numbers in a Marcellus gas public relations campaign. To loyal readers, this is old hat, but for our new regular readers, let me take a moment to explain the two kinds of job numbers available on Marcellus gas extraction.
This week at Third and State, we blogged about Pennsylvania’s job advantage over other states slipping in the wake of state budget cuts, how outsourcing jobs hits workers in the paycheck, the facts about food stamps, the state budget, and much more. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT